Fr. Muyunda Chanakila, also known as Ignacio MC, has since called for a nine day continuous NOVENA prayer for the trio, standing in agreement with Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika, who stated a fortnight ago, that those who opposed the culture of political imprisonment on principle should not fail to include demands for the unconditional release of the three Barotse nationals.
“It is unprincipled and short-sighted to selectively demand freedom for some but not for all political prisoners,” the Barotseland prince is quoted to have said in apparent reference to increased calls across Zambia and the international sphere for the release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and others, further demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Zambia, including the three Barotse nationals.
After the prayer period, the priest, whose early ministry was in Limulunga, Barotseland, wishes to engage the Zambian president over the matter of the three Barotse political prisoners incarcerated since December 5th 2014, and now serving ten year jail sentences, each with hard labour, in remote state prisons in the far northern regions of Zambia, where they suffer untold torture and misery away from family and friends.
While the Catholic Bishops in Zambia, US government, EU, Amnesty International and many other human rights watch groups and individuals have so far condemned the arrest of and the treason charge slapped on Zambia’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema and others, they have all remained conspicuously silent over the equally politically motivated arrest and imprisonment of Afumba Mombotwa (59), Likando Pelekelo (63) and Sylvester Inambao Kalima (56).
The Barotse continue to suffer unabated repression and denial of basic human rights by the Lusaka government over the long standing matter of the pre-independence agreement treaty, The Barotseland Agreement 1964, which the latter grossly and unilaterally abrogated in 1965 – 1970 and since then continue to rule by the barrel of the gun and mass arrests and imprisonment of every Barotse who speaks against that injustice committed by the Zambian state.
The now defunct 1964 agreement provided for Barotseland’s self governing status within the Republic of Zambia, and was the only treaty conjoining the two formerly separate protectorates of Great Britain prior to Zambia’s 1964 independence.
Father Muyunda’s call for prayer is here below reproduced:
“I AM CALLING FOR NOVENA PRAYERS STARTING TOMORROW FOR THESE THREE MEN WHO ARE IN PRISON."
"The Lord spoke to my heart this evening (Tuesday) concerning these three men: Mr. Afumba Mombotwa, Mr. Pelekelo Likando, and Mr. Sylvester Kalima Inambao.
"I agree with Prince Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika that ‘those who oppose the culture of political imprisonment on principle cannot fail to include demands for the unconditional release of Afumba Mombotwa, Pelekelo Likando, and Sylvester Kalima Inambao on their lists of political prisoners that must be freed.’ I also agree that ‘It is unprincipled and short-sighted to selectively demand freedom for some but not for all political prisoners!’
"Join me every day for nine days at 20:00 hrs by lighting a candle for these three Men. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that they may be shown mercy and love by those holding them in prison.
"When Jesus spoke to my heart, he was not happy about their imprisonment! So pray with me brethren! This life you see in this world will all come to an end!
"The Judgment of God will be based on how we treated our brothers and sisters. No one is here on Earth to stay forever. Sooner or later we shall all have to return to the House of Our Father.
"Please release them from Prison.
"At the end of this Novena, I will write a personal letter to the President of the Republic of Zambia concerning these three men.
"May God guide our hearts. Love has no boundaries. Mercy does not know history.” – Ignacio MC